Luke 2: 42 And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast.43 And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it.44 But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day’s journey; and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance.45 And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him.46 And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions.47 And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers.48 And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing.49 And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?
Why did you have to hunt for me? That’s what Jesus was saying in verse 49. How is it that ye sought me? He was in the middle of the scribes and teachers in the temple. He was 12 years old and his answers amazed them. Mary and Joseph had searched and searched. It was a waste of their time.
The family came to Jerusalem to the Feast of the Passover as they did once a year. They headed home and assumed the child Jesus was with them. We do a lot of assuming in life. We’re guilty of just doing what we choose and assuming Jesus goes with us. We must consider this. In order to get to heaven we must go his way, go his direction. It’s not enough to just hope and suppose you’ll go to heaven and that Jesus will pop up in your caravan. We don’t have to hunt him for days. Jesus was perturbed that they had hunted him. If they had just thought about it, they would have known where he was.
Are you sure Jesus is in your caravan? You need to be. They supposed Jesus was with them and yet they were getting further and further away. When they realized he was not there, they were a good distance from Jerusalem. We know where Jesus is. Are we willing to go there? We want Jesus to be in our will, go the direction we want. Often we come up empty. He will always be where he wants to and is supposed to be. Jesus came to this world 12 years before this incident as a baby wrapped in swaddling clothes. That’s as far as we should expect, but he went further. He’ll never go in the selfish direction we choose. He is not a tailor-made Savior to suit our demands. He came so a place could be provided for us to find him. Quit hunting in the wrong places; quit believing the wrong beliefs.
It finally dawned on Joseph and Mary where Jesus would be. He was at God’s house, right where they left him. Have you left Jesus? Are you missing him? Sometimes our hearts get hardened and we don’t realize he is not there. You’ll not find Jesus in this world. You won’t find an updated-new-contemporized-version of Jesus. He’s the same Jesus who came out of the tomb. He’s the same as he was from the beginning. Are you willing to go where he is?
Mary scolded Jesus saying Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us. In other words, why did you do this to us? Sometimes we scold Jesus when he doesn’t do what we think he should or what we want. He knows more about what we need than we do. Don’t tell him that he needs to do this or that. Jesus didn’t fail them. He doesn’t fail us. He felt the need to stay as his Father’s house; they should have stayed, but they took off without him and supposed he was following. We’re so guilty of turning our attention to other things after a church service is over. Do we leave Jesus behind sometimes? We need to stay where Jesus is. When we leave the church house we are to take the sanctuary with us—take Jesus with us.
Jesus knows where we are. Do you know where he is? Where are you? Jesus said that he had to be about his Father’s business. He was telling them he was where he was supposed to be. Are you where you’re supposed to be? He was telling them he was doing what he was supposed to do. Are you doing what you’re supposed to do? Jesus was, is and ever shall be who he is supposed to be. Are you what you’re supposed to be? I might as well quit proclaiming to be a Christian if I constantly leave Jesus behind. It’s time to quit hunting him and find him. Jesus was about his Father’s business. How about you?